Saturday, January 26, 2008

Annual Eagles

Although I see eagles whenever and wherever I can, the most reliable place for me to see and photograph eagles is Lock and Dam 18 near Burlington, Iowa in January and February. So that's what I did this week. I made it to #19 in Keokuk also and there are a few eagles there, but for hundreds and hundreds, #18 is the place to go. See the report and photos.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

2007 Photo of the Year

It's time again for Photo fo the Year. As usual, I'm the only one allowed to enter and the prize is an all-expense paid trip to Keokuk, Iowa to chase eagles, which I will be doing next week.

So it's probably not much of a stretch to select an image from last year's eagle trip as the 2007 POY.

Eagle with a fish

Here are my POY selections for 2002-2006.

Young red-tailed hawk Junior I (2002 edition) right outside my office window.
Junior I
Gentoo penguins greet each other, Jougla Point, Dec. 4, 2003.
Gentoo Penguins
Puffins on Machias Seal Island, Gulf of Maine, 2004.
Little Brothers
Bald Eagle along the Mississippi River, 2005.
Bald Eagle
Blue Jay, 2006.
Blue Jay

Catch All

Up until August of last year my expeditions could be neatly defined. Every few months I would fly somewhere, rent a car, shoot some photos, and do a little writeup. But now I can get in the car and drive around a large area for several weeks, snapping along the way. I wasn't sure how to present the results in a logical form.

With that in mind I finally decided just to call it Autumn 2007, which includes images from old favorites Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico and Squaw Creek NWR in Missouri, as well as a few from a park a few miles from my house.

If the weather holds, next week I'll drive east to the Mississippi River to see how thick the eagles are around Lock and Dam 17.